Iraqi government forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have moved in a bid to recapture two towns in the north from Islamic State militants, security sources told Reuters.
Peshmerga forces, backed by US air strikes, retook one district near the eastern entrance to Jalawla, 70 miles (115 km) northeast of Baghdad, they said.
Tanks and armoured vehicles fired towards targets on the outskirts of Jalawla after moving in a convoy towards the town overnight, while Iraqi troops advance towards the nearby town of Saadiya.
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have emerged victorious in the battle for Mosul Dam, but the question is - what will their next move be?
An ITV News team at Mosul Dam was with victorious Kurdish Peshmerga fighters at the complex earlier today.
ITV News joined a Kurdish unit fighting Islamist militants near Irbil and found them using tanks from the 1950s and short on ammunition.